Climb Base5’s Head Coach Andrew Wilson has been appointed as interim National Coach for Climbing Escalade Canada (CEC).
Andrew’s experience and results as a coach in Canada are well known to the climbing community and involve developing world class athletes such as Open Performance Team member and 2017 Canadian triple crown champion Alannah Yip and 4-time Overall World Climbing Champion Sean McColl.
At Climb Base5, Andrew has been developing the next generation of Canadian climbers with his vision and dedication through the Climb4Life youth development program.
“Interim National Coach is an incredible accomplishment for Andrew and the entire community. Not only is it because of all the hard work and commitment, but it’s from the love for the development of the sport and, more importantly, the development of athletes into incredible human beings,” says Climb Base5 owner Daniel Poggi.
The interim position will involve Andrew overseeing, together with CEC’s High Performance Director Jeff Thompson and the High Performance Committee, all aspects of the National Team Program. This includes reviewing policies, procedures, rules and regulations that govern the High Performance program, as well as working with the personal coaches for all National team athletes on their training programs.
“I am extremely happy that Andrew has accepted my invitation to fill the National Coach position. I needed someone in that role who has an extensive and proven track record of producing Podium athletes. Andrew’s success over many years has shown to me that he has the knowledge and skills the CEC needs at this critical juncture in our development. He is not only one of the best climbing coaches I have ever met, but also one of the best overall coaches I have ever seen in any sport,” says Thomson.
Andrew will also act as the interim coach up to and including the IFSC World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, from 6 – 16 September 2018. Following the World Championships and a review, the position of National Coach will be open to all applicants with a view to hiring a full time person.